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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 4, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Saturday, October 4, 2003 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 5A Herald-Zeitung Canyon Cougars' ball boy Blaine Brucks To have your event publicized, contact David Rupkalvis at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e mail at drupkalvis§ Juli Blanda looks toward new season New Braunfels Tennis Unicorns put unbeaten record and state ranking on the line against Del Valle. Time: 3:30 p.m New Braunfels/Canyon Volleyball The first-place Unicorns visit the second-' place Cougars in key district battle. Time: I p.m. Smithson Valley volleyball Rangers look to extend district lead when San Antonio East Cenral visits. Time: 7:30 p.m. Canyon blanks Dripping Springs Defensive gem propels Cougars to 5-0 record By David Rupkalvis Sports Editor After playing second fiddle to the explosive Canyon offense for much of the season, the Cougars’ defense took charge Friday, blanking Dripping Springs, 21-0 at Canyon High School. The Cougars allowed only 148 yards of total offense and nine first downs and did not allow the Tigers inside the 20-yard line until the final seconds of the game. With the win, Canyon improves to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in district play. Dripping Springs is 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the district. “It feels great,” middle linebacker Justin Atkinson said after the game. “We’ve been working for this all season. Everyone was saying this was our big tests and we came out and showed them what Canyon football is about.” Canyon took control of the game early as running back Jeremy Molinet had runs of 20 and 24 yards and quarterback lames Green added a 25-yard run on the first drive. Molinet capped the drive with an 11-yard run and Canyon jumped ahead 7-0 midway through the first quarter. After the defense forced a punt, the offensive attack continued. The Cougars used both the run and pass to march down the field on a 10-play, 79-yard drive that culminated when Green hit wide receiver Derek Williams on a 32-yard touchdown pass on 3rd down and 17. Bryan Jonas added the extra point and ’ Canyon led 14-0 with 14 seconds left in the first quarter. Then the defense took charge, in the second quarter, the Cougars’ offense struggled, but the defense shut down the Tigers to hold onto Canyon 21, DSprings 0 DSprings    OO OO — 0 Canyon    14 0 7 0 — 21 First quarter C - Jerdmy Molinet 11 yd. run (Bryan Jonas kick), 6:38 C - James Green 32 yd. pass to Derek Williams (Jonas kick), 0:14 Third quarter C - Moitnet 1 yd. run (Jonas kick), 7:50 OS    c First downs    9    23 Rushes-yards    31-74    48-311 Passing yards    74    98 Comp-Att-lnt 6-17-74-1    7'12-98-1 Punts-Avg    5-35    2    2-33 Fumbies-Lost    1-0    3-1 Penalties-yards 5-30    4-35 Individual statisticss RUSHING — Canyon: Jeremy Molinet, 23-174; Jacob Martin, 1- (-1), James Green, 15-88, Stephen Aldridge 8-51 OS Joel Gross, 17-49; Sean Fortune, 2-4; Cory Myers. 9-22, Darryl Lehman 2-2. PASSING - Canyon James Green, 7-11-98-1. OS Cory Myers. 3-11-46-0 Johnson 3-4-48-1. RECEIVING — Canyon Derek Williams, 2-40; Shawn Thompson, 2-15; Jeffrey Booker, 1-14, Ryan O'Dell. 1-18 ; Jeremy Molinet. 1-11 OS: Joel Gross, 2-45; Darryl Lehamn, 2-10; Foster 1-21 NEXT WEEK: Canyon (5-0, 2-0)) has a bye. the lead. At the break, Canyon had 219 yards of total offense while Dripping Springs had managed just 80 yards and five first downs. The Cougars came out firing again to open the second half as Molinet led a drive that covered 78 yards in IO plays. Molinet carried the ball six times on the drive for 54 yards, including the final 1-yard plunge into the end zone. After forcing Dripping Springs to punt, the Cougars almost put the game away as they moved the ball right down the field. But Green made his lone mistake in the game as he threw an interception in the end zone to end the drive. With a comfortable lead, Canyon Coach Brad Wright put the game in the hands of his defense as he rested many of his starters in the fourth quarter: When the defensive starters went to the bench in DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Canyon defensive back Matthew Schumann breaks up a pass by slamming into Dripping Springs wide receiver Steven Foster during the first half of Friday s 21-0 win. the final minutes, the Tigers went on their only sustained drive oi the game. After allowing pass completions of 28,22 and 8 yards, the defense made its final stand when Daniel Guerrero intercepted a pass at the 20-yard line and returned the ball 34 yards with less than a minute left in the game. “Our defense was outstanding,” Wright said. "It s hard to win when you don’t score and that’s what Dripping Springs was up against tonight. We had 11 guys Hying to the football and that’s what it takes to win games.” Despite sitting out almost the entire fourth quarter, Molinet had another huge See CANYON. Page 6A DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeituny Canyon running back Jeremy Molinet runs for a touchdown during the first quarter of Cnayon s 21-0 victory Friday. Molinet rushed for 174 yards and two touchdowns.Panthers edge Bulldogs; stay unbeaten By Jason Chlapak Staff Writer Geronimo- In their final rehearsal before opening district play, the Navarro Panthers survived a heated shoot-out with the Flatonia Bulldogs, 40-32 Friday. The win improves the Panthers' record to 5-0. Senior tailback Austin Randle had a big night, carrying the ball 29 times for a personal-record 261 yards and five touchdowns. “It feels good to break my personal record, but it feels better to win,” Randle said. “ Things got a little rough at the end of the game. They were talking a lot of trash and they tried to start some fights, but we just kept our composure and let the scoreboard do the talking.” After falling behind 7-0 in the first quarter, Navarro fought back as Randle broke two tackles ran 57 yards and scored the first of his five touchdowns. In the second period, Randle rumbled down field for gains of 20 and 25 yards on back-to-back carries, but his third carry would be the charm as he carried would-be tacklers into the promised land from five yards out to give the Panthers their first lead of the night, 14-7. Navarro did not trail again. Flatonia scored on the ensuing possession on a one-yard touchdown run, but a bad extra point snap resulted in a botched play and a 14-13 Navarro lead. Navarro responded with Randle's third TD run of the night, this one from three yards, and junior quarterback Jon Ochoa hit junior wideout Brad Broussard for two points to increase the lead to 22-13 At the half, Randle had 166 yards on 16 carries. The two teams traded touchdowns almost the entire second half. Every time Navarro looked like they had the game in the bag, Flatonia came back with a big play to cut into the lead. See NAVARRO. Page 6A Cougarettes win to set up clash with Unicorns By David Rupkalvis Sports Editor The Canyon volleyball team did exactly what it needed to Friday to set up a first-place showdown with New Braun* fels on Tuesday. The Cougarettes overcame a stiff test early and topped Dripping Springs, 27- 25,25-17,25-22 to improve to 17-12 overall and 6-1 in the district. New Braunfels played a nondistrict game and beat Wimberley in four sets. The Unicorns are 24-5 overall and 6-0 in district play. In the first game Friday, Canyon had to tight off a stiff challenge from the Tigers. But after taking the opening game, the Cougarettes coasted to the win. Brooke Engel and Natalie Fey led the Cougars in the match. Engel had 14 kills, two blocks and one ace while Fey added eight kills, seven digs and one ace. Tiffany Shedrock had 29 assists for the Cougarettes, Danielle Mittelstadt had two blocks and Sarah Batey 11 digs and one ace. The Cougarettes will host the Unicorns in the battle for first haesday in a match scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. New Braunfels won the first meeting between the two teams in three games. Neither team has lost since, placing them first and second in the Class 25-4A district. New Braunfels The Unicorns rebounded from a sluggish game Tuesday to beat Wimberley, the top-ranked 3A team in the state, 25- 16,25-15, 25-27,25-23. The Unicorns also beat Wimberley in the finals of the Fraulein Volleyfest and have given the Lady Texans two of their threejosses this year. Erica Wendell and Jackie Lucas dominated at the net to lead the Unicorns. Wendell pounded 22 kills in the match and Lucas added 17 kills and five blocks. Brittany Fowler had 37 assists and three blocks; Kate Roeder 20 digs and four aces and Gin Mozeley 14 digs for the Unicorns. Smithson Valley The Smithson Valley Rangers opened with a bang and coasted to an easy win over Brackenridge Friday. The Rangers blasted Brackenridge 25-4 in the first game and took the final two games by scores of 25-12 and 25-15. With the win, Smithson Valley improved to 3-0 in district play and 8-15 overall. “We played well. We played real well,” Smithson Valley coach Bryan Funk said. “Whenyou beat a team like that, its easy to let up, but we kept it going and did a nice job.” Hannah Werchen led the Rangers with ll kills, two blocks and two aces. Dana Mecke had 17 digs and Amber Mueller 11 assists. Smithson Valley will host San Antonio Last Central in a district matchup at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Navarro The Navarro volleyball team rallied from a one-game deficit to beat Randolph, 17-25,25-15,25-17,25-11 Friday to remain unbeaten in district play. Danielle Gaitan led Navarro with 12 kills and Amy Schneider added seven. Amy Weiss had eight blocks, Melissa Weiss 12 assists, Usa Miller 12 digs and Mary Stout two aces. With the win, Navarro improved to 22-5 overall and 3-0 in district play. The Panthers will face the San Antonio School of Excellence at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the International Bible College. Marion I he Marion volleyball team won its second consecutive district match Friday, topping Jourdanton, 25-13, 25-20, 25-23. Shannon Froboese led the Bulldogs with seven kills, 11 blocks and six aces. I leather Freeman added seven kills and eight digs, Kayla Luensinann had seven kills and Christina Jacobsen had six assists. Marion will visit Lytle for a district game at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Prior, Cubs beat Braves to take 2-1 series lead CS CHICAGO (AP) — Mark Prior was more than ready for his first playoff start. I Ie went out and pitched one of the best games of his life. Prior threw a two-hitter and outpitched dreg Maddux as the Chicago Cubs beat the Atlanta Braves 3-1 Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five NL playoff series. Atlanta led the NI. in every major hitting category this season: batting average (.284), homers (a franchise-record 235) and runs (907, another club mark), but the 23-year-old Prior was simply too good. I Ie gave up only Marcus Giles’ single to shallow right-center in the third and Mark DeRosa’s pinch-hit double leading oil tile eighth. Atlanta spoiled the shutout when DeRosa moved up on a groundnut and scored on Giles’ sacrifice fly. Prior, who won 18 games this season, walked four and struck out seven. Friday'*'* Gamas Florida 4 San Francisco 3 Chicago 3, Atlants I Today’s Gama* N Y at Minnesota 12 06 p m ESPN San Frau at Florida, 12 06 p m , ESPN2 Atlanta at Chicago 3 18 p rn , FOX Oakland at Boston. 6 36 p rn , ESPN2 Sunday'* Gamas Oakland at Boston 12 06 p rn ESPN N Y at Minnesota, 3 06 p rn , ESPN Florida at San Fran , 3 06 p m . ESPN2 Chicago at Atlanta, 6 48 p rn , FOX Marlins 4, Giants 3 Ivan Rodriguez made the San Francisco Giants pay for their squandered opportunities and defensive blunder. Rodriguez hit a two-run single with two outs in the I lth inning, and the Florida Marlins beat San Francisco 4-3 Friday to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five playoff series. Edgardo Alfonzos RBI single in the top of the I lth put San Francisco ahead 3-2, but right fielder Jose Cruz Jr. dropped a routine fly to start Florida’s comeback. ;